ICAST COUNTDOWN: Watch Old Town’s new launch in action
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Johnson Outdoors Watercraft has released a video to coincide with the launch of its Predator PDL at ICAST.
“The Predator PDL completely redefines the pedal-driven fishing kayak category,” said David Hadden, Brand Director for Johnson Outdoors Watercraft. “Our engineers spent over three years building not only the most durable, dependable, fastest, quietest, and easy-to-use pedal-driven mechanism in the industry, but the perfect hull and boat design complement from the ground up. Our goal was to create a Predator that offers the best pedal fishing experience on the planet.”
He continues: “Anglers were unanimous. The ultimate pedal boat had to have forward and reverse, which are essential for boat control and pinpoint positioning in wind, current, and around structure.”
The result is the perfect boat for avid kayak anglers who need forward and reverse dexterity, prefer casting over paddling, yet still want some form of exercise. Similarly, the Predator PDL offers hunters a great way to access waters where motors are restricted.
To that end, the Old Town PDL Drive is described as a brilliant piece of engineering founded on proven technologies in the lifecycle market. The result is an easy to carry, operate and stow system that efficiently converts modest pedaling into maximum propulsion. A 10.3:1 gear ratio means that anglers can reach speeds up to 5.5 mph to get to fishing spots fast and efficiently.
A proprietary weedless prop design creates the perfect combination of efficiency, speed, and torque. Additionally, Pedal Drive allows smooth forward and reverse and a small turn radius allow for the ultimate in boat control via one-handed rudder control on the boat itself.
“We also knew the system had to dock, deploy and stow quickly and easily, run in shallow water, but also pivot up quickly for navigating underwater obstacles. That was another considerable engineering hurdle,” said Hadden.
What Old Town engineers designed is a compact, lightweight and rugged machine, with 16” of draft for navigating skinny waters, and a unique pivot and docking system that allows users to go from parked to pedaling (or vice versa) in seconds.
This also means anglers can avoid obstacles almost instantaneously and beach the boat virtually anywhere. A mere 21 lb., the PDL Drive console is easy to transport; it even floats. Padded pedals allow for bare-footed comfort and a carry handle makes for easy transport.
Predator PDL specifications
- Length: 13’ 2”;
- Width: 36″;
- Weight: 117 lb (Pedal Drive: 21 lb);
- Carrying Capacity: 500 lb;
- Forward and reverse for exact boat control in wind and current;
- Smooth, quiet and easy to pedal;
- Removable pedal drive installs in seconds and tips up instantly for shallow-water docking;
- Fast and maneuverable, with one-hand-operated rudder steering;
- Specially-designed hull with generous width for stability and storage;
- Includes accessory mounting plates, Element Seating System and other standard Predator features;
- Ease of transport;
- Low maintenance;
- Predator PDL MSRP $2,799.99
Like other Predator models, the PDL is infinitely customisable with rigging accessories from Cannon®, Scotty™, YakAttack®, RAM®, and more. It will begin shipping to dealers in September 2016.
ICAST BOOTH No. 3647